WELCOME to WIPED NEWS, a news and features-based site about missing films, television and radio programmes.
In the News section you will find information on the latest finds, commercial releases and broadcasts of archive material, and events of interest to missing episode enthusiasts. For more in-depth coverage, visit the Features section. Here you can read articles on the exciting work of collectors and missing episodes enthusiasts, restoration projects, classic and important shows, and much more besides.
The Out Now section covers the latest essential purchases in greater detail, while Lost? is an ever-expanding database of the actual holdings of particular shows.
Finally, clicking on Contact enable you to get in touch with Wiped and offer your news submissions, feature ideas or general feed-back.
Why Are Programmes Missing?
Since the advent of TV and radio back in the 1920s, there have many classic programmes produced that have entertained and informed viewers and listeners.
Sadly, many of these gems no longer reside in the archives. They were junked, or the tapes wiped and re-used, to save room and money for the broadcasters. For example, the BBC erased countless hours of its black and white output in the early 1970s because it saw no further commercial use for such material in the age of colour TV.
Hancock’s Half Hour; Dad’s Army: Z-Cars; Doctor Who and many, many more shows were lost this way – seemingly forever. There’s a detailed entry on wiping on the Wikipedia website.
Thankfully, some of those treasures survived the purges and over the years have been restored to the archives. Others remain in the wilderness and for those shows the hunt continues.
Even today, missing films, TV and radio shows – some lost for more than 50 year – are still being found. WIPED chronicles these exciting discoveries, examines the technological advances that are allowing old shows to been restored and enjoyed by a new generation and, above all, pay tribute to the men and women who dedicate their time to these selfless pursuits.
My name is Anthony Harvison, a journalist by trade and an enthusiast of the search for missing material in general. I have written about particular missing shows on Den of Geek and Chortle and have assisted in the return of a previously missing episode of Not Only… But Also and, more recently, an episode of Australian pop programme Flashez. I have the honour of assisting classic TV organisation Kaleidoscope.